Affordable all-in-one device
The 2877AL is an entry level all-in-one networking device providing a modem, router, and 4 port switch in a single unit. The performance of ADSL and VDSL sync speeds experienced have been fairly average, so this modem may not be suitable for those who are a long distance away from their nearest telephone exchange or NBN node. It supports a range of WiFi standards including AC750, providing reasonable WiFi speeds and range. It is a basic unit, but provides a decent set of features at an affordable price.
It is ok
Upgraded from an iinet router and expected way better internet speeds. That hasn't happened. My internet still has below average speeds and occasionally drops out too. Having said that, it does the job, It is easy to use and looks decent. I am investigating other possible reasons for the slow internet speed but doesn't seem to be the line or the provider. So don't expect the world from this.
Exactly what you expect for this price point
The setup was easy. Configuration for both Wi-Fi networks was a breeze. I find with NBN (FTTN) I can get a maximum download speed over Wi-Fi of 3MB/Sec which is pretty good considering the price point for this model. Streams Netflix fine as well. I would recommend this as an entry level model.
After having a Billion for 4 years without issues but just died, went to Officeworks to get something quickly didn't go for the cheapest but middle of the range cost wise, well what a piece of rubbish. Any modem that keeps dropping out, in my opinion, is as good as useless. I need to work remotely from home on occasions however this modem is unreliable. I should have waited and got another Billion now I am stuck with this piece of rubbish. I better post this before it drops out!!!!
A Swiss army knife is useless if every one of them is blunt
As you read this, hundreds of thousands of suckers around Australia are about to be connected to, or already are connected to, NBN's fibre to the somewhere-that's-not-your-house network. So they will need an approved VDSL2 modem.
The DSL-2877AL is about as cheap as VDSL2 modems get. Easy sell, right? It's probably basic, but that's fine. VDSL2 modem, simple home router, all in one fairly nice looking piece of equipment, ready to go in the new FTTN world.
Of course, this is completely wrong.
The DSL-2877AL is littered with tons of featu...res that nobody paying for an entry level device needs, or even really wants. It sucks at almost all of them. And it fails pretty spectacularly at the basic things too -- like actually holding an internet connection. Line dropped out? It happens. Most modems would simply log back in once they re-sync and re-connect. Not this one! It could have been a straight up, no-frills modem/router combo for the home, and would have been highly successful. Instead, D-Link's been wasting time on USB storage support (collapses if you actually use it), Wireless AC (collapses if you actually use it), enough QoS to make a corporate shrug (but it never goes fast enough to matter), and a million other features and they've not spent too much time making sure the modem part and the router part actually work properly. Oops.
- MPN: 35905211
- GTIN12: 790069408526
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